Saturday, December 29, 2012

Book Review: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Hey everyone!
Today I'm reviewing the Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan! It's the fourth installment and I must say my favorite so far! I really enjoyed this one so much and have been thinking about this series an unhealthy amount! Ugh. Soooo good!
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth
By Rick Riordan

"When demonic cheerleaders invade his high school, Percy Jackson hurries to Camp Half Blood, from whence he and his demigod friends set out on a quest through the Labyrinth, while the war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near."

Where to start! Well I read this whole book in a few hours, so if that isn't enough proof to read it, or how amazing it was, then all I have to say is: GO READ IT.


Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hey everyone!
Merry Christmas!! For those who don't celebrate it, I hope you had/have a wonderful holiday too! Hope your day is filled with family and joyous times! Have a great day! :) -Kait

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Books of 2013 I Can't Wait For

Hey everyone!
Many exciting books are due to come out in the upcoming year that I have been impatiently waiting. So here's the list of books that I am dying to get, but come out in 2013 in order from I really can't wait to a little more patience.

1. Requiem | Lauren Oliver (March 5, 2013)
    The ending of Pandemonium. There's so much to look for in that book. I will probably do a separate post when March comes around!

2. Divergent #3 | Veronica Roth (Fall 2013)
    Yes, you can see that I really want Requiem if Divergent #3 came in second!

3. Prodigy | Marie Lu ( January 29, 2013)
    I loved the first one Legend a lot and can't wait to continue Day and June's story!

4. Unsouled | Neal Shusterman (October 15, 2013)
    Again, the first two were great and I can't wait to continue their stories! With Connor and Risa and then Lev, Miracolina, Starkey and Cam. It's going to be awesome!

5. Unravel Me | Taherah Mafi (February 5, 2013)
    I can't wait to see how Shatter Me continues. Especially why certain people can touch Juliette without getting killed....

6. Rise | Anna Carey (April 2, 2013)
    This series is not my favorite, but I did enjoy it and I really want to see how it turns out!

All these books I'm looking forward to reading! I recommend all the series I mentioned too. :) -Kait

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Book Review: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Hey everyone!
I recently read the second installment to the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, The Sea of Monsters, and thought it was appropriate to do a review! Also, this was my 100th book on Goodreads! *This will have spoilers for the first book which I do have a review on!

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book Two: The Sea of Monsters | Rick Riordan

"The heroic son of Poseidon makes an action-packed comeback in the second must-read installment of Rick Riordan's amazing young readers series. Starring Percy Jackson, a "half blood" whose mother is human and whose father is the God of the Sea, Riordan's series combines cliffhanger adventure and Greek mythology lessons that results in true page-turners that get better with each installment. In this episode, The Sea of Monsters, Percy sets out to retrieve the Golden Fleece before his summer camp is destroyed, surpassing the first book's drama and setting the stage for more thrills to come."
Like I always say when I like a book, I really enjoyed this one. I think I might like the first one a little more, but this one was not a disappointment to the series. The plot line was very exciting and the setting was very different than The Lightning Thief. The adventure continues, and I can NOT wait to get the third one! But I am still on my BBB so I'll have to wait until after Christmas.


Monday, December 17, 2012

What Books To Read for Beginners

Hey everyone!
If you have just started to realize your passion for reading- I am here to help. Once upon a time, Kait  read The Hunger Games and realized books can be good! (Or in THG's case, really, really amazingly good.) So, I have a little guide if you're wondering what books to read. Even if you have been an avid reader for a while, you may still want to keep reading to hear some recommendations! Keep in mind, I 99% read Young Adult novels. About 60% of them are dystopian. Therefore, you may feel differently towards this books, but personally, I really like them all! I organized them by category so if you have a specific interest, you can go to that category and see the books. I know there's not many though :P. (For beginners, dystopian is usually when the government is cruel, unfair, corrupt, or something and has a sci-fi element in it, like in the future.) Some categories may not be a genre, like dystopian, but some may. I may say books more than once! If you want to know more, feel free to search my blog because I may have something on that book. The starred ones I really recommend.
**The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
*Divergent by Veronica Roth
Legend by Marie Lu
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Matched by Ally Condie
Unwind by Neal Shusterman

*Harry Potter
*Percy Jackson and the Olympians (The Lightning Thief-Book 1)

*The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare (City of Bones- Book 1) (Some love, some don't-I'm in the middle but more on the love side.)
The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Steifvater (Shiver-Book 1)
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Emotional books:
*The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Hunger Games... (where did this come from? Hey, it is sad at some parts!)

And yeah! Those are some books I recommend for beginners! -Kait

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Book Review: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
Hey everyone!
I finished reading the first book in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series last night, and am going through torture because I promised myself I would not start the Sea of Monsters until this weekend. Kids, don't make promises you don't want to keep... it ends out very bad... 

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
By Rick Riordan
**Spoiler Free**

*Warning: Lots of 'really liked' and 'anyways' ahead...
"Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that's the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy's Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he's angered a few of them. Zeus' master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus' stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves."

This book takes place all across the country in present day form, but there's a twist. There's Greek gods hovering over you, or if you're Hades, I guess, under you. I normally keep to my dystopian worlds... ohh Panem.... sorry... anyways, this was very fun to read! I really enjoyed this book. Like really, really. Easily top 10. I really liked how Rick Riordan described everything without too much detail, which bores me, unless it's The Hunger Games (......). Moreover, I came into reading this book knowing the very basics of Greek mythology. I not only enjoyed reading this book, but I learned from it too. You don't have to know things like how Demeter is the goddess of agriculture to read this book which was another bonus.
I did see the movie- which I know is "nothing like the books" as everyone tells me. When they said that I thought they meant nothing, with capital N... and O and T and H etc. There were some similarities and mostly differences, but the Minotaur part was in the movie and other things that I am not going to say in sake of those who have not read it. If you haven't read it, why are you reading this? You're supposed to be at the bookstore now or something. I really enjoyed the characters too! Haha, did you guys notice the pun (not sure if it was intentional or not) Gabe Ugliano. You probably, most likely, pronounce it differently but, Ug-ly-on-o. It sometimes how I do it. But get it? Ugliano? Yep. Real funny Kait. Hey, I thought I would mention it.
I'm not going into spoilers because there's nothing really that shocked me or very large deaths that need to be said. However, I do have a question. Which god would you want to be a demi-god of? In other words, what god-like powers do you wish you had? Hmmm... I think it would be very cool to be either Poseidon (God of the Sea) or Athena (God of Wisdom and something else, strategy or battle or something...). Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this review! Overall, 5/5 stars! :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Joining a Fandom...

Hey everyone!
Guess what book I'm reading? .... I'm reading Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief! For those who have read my BBB post, I did not buy this. My mom got this for my brother a while ago, which he never read, and then recently I remembered we have it and decided to start it. So far, I really enjoy it. I will probably be doing a review soon! :) A better post will be coming soon, I have been very busy this past week! I am actually leaving for the doctor's in a little bit! Just wanted to update you all! Oh, and I haven't been able to right much. That is why there is a very big delay on Chapter 4. -Kait

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Book Review: Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi

Hey everyone!
Today's book review is on the book Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi. This is her first book in the series, and her 1.5 book, Destroy Me, is out as an eBook, which I have yet to read. I read this book 2-3 weeks ago, so my memory may not be as good as if I just finished it. I still hope you enjoy my thoughts and opinions!
Shatter Me (Shatter Me, #1)"No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she's finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she'd lost forever."
Overall, I really loved this book. 5/5 Stars! I thought the plot line and the characters were interesting. The writing, for instance, using the cross out or repeating words, was very unique. Personally, I really liked the writing style! Juliette shows quite a bit of character development. She goes from a fragile, broken girl to someone more strong, but not enough to trust people fully. I feel like Adam is a typical character, to be honest. On the other hand, you have Warner. Warner, what goes on in your head? Taherah Mafi has a really funny video you can find on YouTube here, where you can see how Warner is... lol. Oh and Kenji. Just Kenji... 

Find it here on Goodreads!